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Malleable vs Durable Candidates

Posted: March 6, 2016 by ShortTimer in 2016 Elections, Conservatism
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This is probably the most worthwhile thing Jimmy Carter has ever said:

He’d choose Trump because Trump “changes” whenever it’s convenient, or inconvenient.  Like he has recently on H1B foreign workers… and torture, too.  A dealmaker is someone easy to work with, as they’re eager to deal & eager to please.

Meanwhile, Cruz stays fairly consistent, and stays consistent with his previous votes, and far more consistent with rule of law.  Doubtless a lot of that is why he’s unpopular with congress and the senate, but is popular with the citizenry.

RIP Antonin Scalia

Posted: February 13, 2016 by ShortTimer in Conservatism, US Supreme Court

Died out at a ranch in Marfa, TX last night.

The test is over the long run does it require the society to adhere to those principles contained in the Constitution or does it lead to a society that is essentially governed by nine justices’ version of what equal protection ought to mean?

He was an originalist, looking for what the Founders meant, and he stuck to the text.  The Constitution meant what it said, not what someone pretended they wanted it to say.

His importance couldn’t be understated as someone who understood that laws mean something, that they have to mean what they say.  There’s no subjective “interpretation”, there’s “what does it say?”  A strong basis of what the rules are, of lawfulness, allows for stability and certainty.  It’s the kind of things nations need, markets need, individuals need.

There will be others who eulogize him far better than I do in these few sentences, but he was someone who let you know what the rules were, and someone who sought to make them clear.  His rulings helped make for a nation closer to one where there’s no need for a law degree to understand the laws that you have to live within and follow, no need to worry that laws would be made unequal because someone wanted to make themselves “more equal”, and no need to worry someone would use laws you couldn’t understand and couldn’t follow against you.

He will be missed, and his passing marks a potentially terrifying shift further from liberty.

If it’s to be believed, Republicans in the Senate are going to try to hold the line against progressive leftist tyranny until such time as at least the next president can appoint a justice:

mcconnell senate scalia announcement 160213We the People have been let down by the likes of McConnell enough that we know that statement’s not worth the paper it’s printed on or the electrons that show it on a screen… but here’s hoping that the election year prompts, as Milton Friedman would advise us “to get the wrong people to do the right thing”.

Update: IA Senator Chuck Grassley is also saying no to any confirmation this year.

“The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year,” Grassley said.

“Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this president, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”…

In his remarks, Grassley called Scalia, who died Saturday at the age of 79, “an intellectual giant.”

“He had an unwavering dedication to the founding document that has guided our country for nearly 230 years,” he said of Scalia’s interpretation of the Constitution. “His humor, devotion to the Constitution and quick wit will be remembered for years to come.”

Really sharp guy.  Covers a lot of topics as he refutes lefty social justice arguments – eventually by personalizing the demands that SJWs make and putting them to the SJW.

He uses Alinsky’s rule 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

The SJW college student is just foolish enough to engage the discussion that his flawed and failed ideas cannot hope to win.  That’s why SJWs drop/change subjects, deflect, call people racist, and use the “shut up” response to any and all criticism.

The Scorpion

Posted: September 18, 2015 by ShortTimer in 2016 Elections, Conservatism
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Very, very sharp.

For those unaware of it, this is the ad it’s mirroring:

A lot of points for Republicans to keep in mind for the next two years.

Tuesday this week, DC incumbent insider Thad Cochran beat his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel.  Despite a huge amount of interest in the race and huge amounts of money and work thrown in on both sides and an anti-establishment wave that should’ve pushed McDaniel to victory, Cochran won.  Thad “Did Indecent Things With Animals” Cochran won by calling McDaniel a racist and appealing to Democrats to vote for him in the Republican primary.

One of the notorious fliers, from NRO:

cochran flier mississippi 2014

The second thing that jumped out at me was the same thing that jumped out at Nick Gillespie – it’s a candidate bragging about bringing in “free” stuff taken from taxpayers in other states.  Red state socialism.  The first was of course the race-baiting.

The way this worked is that That Cochran got Democrats to vote in the Republican primary.  In open primary states, voters can vote in whichever primary they like.  The idea being that if you like candidate X from party Y and you’re a member of party A, you can vote for candidate X if you want to, whether because you want that candidate or because you want chaos.  But you can’t then vote for candidate B from party A as well.  You get one vote – not two.  Of course, since these are Democrats we’re talking about, they vote mulitple times.

And that’s where McDaniel’s challenge comes in.

Cochran’s win was by about 6800-6900 votes.

There were a lot of Democrats who voted in the Democrat primary and then turned around and voted again in the Republican primary (via Gateway Pundit).

The left column is the Democrat primary, the right the Republican primary.

cochran democrat voters voted twice 2014

The law lets you vote once.

So far the McDaniel campaign has found over 1000 illegal votes.

And now the McDaniel campaign is being barred from examining voter rolls, despite the law stating that they can.

ms law via gateway pundit42 USC 1974.

And I think this is what they’re getting at for the VRA Section 8:

(i) Public disclosure of voter registration activities

(1) Each State shall maintain for at least 2 years and shall make available for public inspection and, where available, photocopying at a reasonable cost, all records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters, except to the extent that such records relate to a declination to register to vote or to the identity of a voter registration agency through which any particular voter is registered.

So rather than lose to a Tea Party candidate, the establishment candidate Cochran went out, called his opponent racist, pledged to bring home more pork and handout programs – running on food stamps, smears, and “voter suppression” crap – while he got Democrats to vote twice for him.  He’s basically a Democrat already.

Beyond showing the depths to which the entrenched Republican establishment will sink in order to keep the good ol’ boys club exclusive, it also shows the spots of some other politicians.  Unnamed Republican senators are uneasy, while Rand Paul is happy that more people are voting.  Apparently he’s ignoring that they were voting twice, voting illegally, and doing so in order to further some red state socialism spurred on by a lying 41-year incumbent who’s been in Congress or the Senate since 1973.

WTF, Rand.

Ted Cruz: Stand For Principle

Posted: March 29, 2014 by ShortTimer in Conservatism
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Sure sounds motivating.

2016 is only a little ways down the road.  Testing the waters, it would seem.